"The act of writing could amount to a kind of revenge. But empathy, instead, is McBee’s objective, the most important part of becoming real in one’s own eyes. ‘Being human,’ he concludes, ‘means being at the mercy of others.’ That’s a part of aspiration, too. We are born human; with hard work, we achieve humanity." Henry Giardina, New York Times
"McBee takes us in his capable hands and shows us what it takes to become a man who is gloriously, gloriously alive.”—Roxane Gay
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Thomas Page McBee’s Lambda award-winning memoir, Man Alive, was named a best book of 2014 by NPR Books, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, and Publisher's Weekly. His “refreshing [and] radical” (The Guardian) second book, Amateur, a reported memoir about learning how to box in order to understand masculinity’s tie to violence, was published in August to wide acclaim and was shortlisted for the UK’s Baillie-Gifford nonfiction book prize. It was named a best book of 2018 by many publications, including the London Times, BuzzFeed, and Book Riot.
Thomas has taught courses at the City University of New York’s graduate school of journalism and worked as a television writer for the forthcoming Netflix show, Tales of the City. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife.